four eleven gallery
For Lack of Elemental Things: New Paintings by Pete Hocking
Contact: Liz Carney
411 Commercial St
Provincetown, MA 02657
Four Eleven Gallery, located at 411 Commercial Street in Provincetown, announces FOR LACK OF ELEMENTAL THINGS, a solo show of paintings by artist Pete Hocking. The exhibit opens with a public celebration Friday, October 11 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and runs through Thursday, October 24th.
The title of Hocking’s fall show at Four Eleven Gallery comes from Henry Beston’s book, The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod; this passage an inspiration to the interdisciplinary painter: “The world to-day is sick to its thing blood for lack of elemental things, for fire before the hands, for water welling from the earth, for air, for the dear earth itself underfoot. In my word of beach and dunes these elemental presences lived and had their being, and under their arch there moved an incomparable pageant of nature and the year.”
Like Beston did in preparation for his book, Hocking spends time in the landscape, looking at the subtle and sublime shifts that come with seasons and every sea change. The paintings in this show reflect his preoccupation with elemental forces – particularly water and air – and also note the trajectory of spring, summer and autumn.
About the Artist: Pete Hocking is an interdisciplinary artist, activist, and teacher who works between Providence, Rhode Island & Provincetown, Massachusetts. His work is concerned with personal narrative, poetics, and political consciousness. His studio practice focuses on both spatial poetics and the construction of identity within the context of contemporary social and political life. In addition he is interested in the ways that individual human identity is inscribed into human and non-human landscapes, and ultimately in the ways that the non-human world defies human intervention.In addition to being represented by Four Eleven Gallery in Provincetown, he’s recently shown with the Chazan Gallery in Providence, RI, The Dorado Project in Jersey City, NJ, the Plough Gallery in Tifton, GA, and at VeeVee in Boston, MA. In May 2019 he was an artist-in-residence at the Hawthorne Barn with Twenty Summers. He is the lead faculty of Goddard College’s Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts program and teaches in the Division of Liberal Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design. He’s a founding board member of the Provincetown Commons, an economic development center for the arts and creative economy.
About Four Eleven Gallery: For over 50 years, the rambling white house at 411 Commercial Street has been a studio and home to many artists and writers. Purchased by Madelyn Carney in 1978, the storefront gallery space, was opened in 2011 by daughter Liz Carney, with grandson and nephew John Carney in his second gallery. It has been said by many locals that the space and the artists evoke a feeling of old Provincetown, showing art that explores process and visual form ranging from representational and abstract paintings in the Provincetown tradition to works with culturally critical content.
Four Eleven Gallery 411 Commercial Street Provincetown, MA 02657